04/07/2012 10:26 EDT | Updated 06/07/2012 05:12 EDT

Ford recalls 140,000 Focus cars in North America to fix windshield wipers

DETROIT - Ford is recalling more than 140,000 Focus compact cars because the passenger side windshield wiper can fail.

Federal Safety regulators say a seal in the wiper motor wiring may be missing.

Water can get inside and cause the wiper to stop working, increasing the risk of a crash.

There are 19,062 Focus vehicles in Canada that are involved in the recall.

Ford says there haven't been any crashes or injuries from the problem.

The cars were built from Aug. 1, 2010 through Oct. 18 of last year.

Ford dealers will clean and seal the wiring free of charge and fix any wipers that don't work. Ford expects to begin the repairs in late May.